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Biography

I completed my PhD, titled Understanding Disinhibition and its influences on eating behaviour and appetite, at the Institute of Psychological Sciences, University of Leeds in 2007. Following this I worked as a researcher on a phase one, clinical trial designed to examine the effects of a new anti-obesity drug on energy intake and body weight, in Leeds. I obtained a lectureship at University of Bradford in 2007. Within this role, alongside my teaching, I have continued to maintain active, international research collaborations and set up an Eating Behaviour Laboratory at the University. This work centres around understanding eating behaviour, particularly Disinhibition and Uncontrolled Eating, and their impact on weight regulation in children and adults, in relation to exercise, diets or bariatric surgery for weight loss. I have recently developed and validated a Child Three Factor Eating Questionnaire (CTFEQr17) to assess eating behaviour traits in children, and their association with body weight, body composition and food preferences. 

In my teaching I have led the development of a Masters programme, which I currently lead (MSc Psychology of Health and Wellbeing) and I am also the PG Director of Studies for Social Sciences. I teach a range of modules regarding eating behaviour, health and quantitative research methods.

Research

My main research interests centre around appetite regulation and weight management. In particular, I am interested in the eating behaviour trait Disinhibition (Three Factor Eating Questionnaire; Stunkard and Messick, 1985) and its influences upon appetite regulation and weight control. This includes investigating the relationship between physical activity, appetite control and weight regulation and investigating the factors which can influence the efficacy of bariatric surgery on weight loss and eating behaviour. This work involves identifying traits; both biological and psychological, which can influence the effectiveness of weight management interventions. I investigate eating behaviour traits in both children and adults and participate in international collaborations investigating the links between psychological traits, body weight and weight loss success.